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System to detect tuberculosis in new arrivals to UK must be improved

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 25 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:870
  1. Sally Hargreaves, researcher. (
  1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN

    EDITOR—The news item on the global spread of drug resistant tuberculosis raised the issue of screening new arrivals to the United Kingdom who come from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis.1 One group of new arrivals in which such communicable diseases are an issue are refugees and asylum seekers.2

    These people may have arrived from areas of war or famine, where medical systems have broken down, and may be incompletely immunised. Last year thousands of people arrived from tuberculosis hotspots at port health …

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